Safer Internet Day

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2024 Date6 February 2024

Safer Internet Day

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Safer Internet Day highlights the importance of internet safety, encouraging individuals, institutions, and governments to work together for a better and safer online experience. The day is dedicated to promoting responsible, respectful, and secure use of the internet for all users, especially for children and young people who are most at risk. This observance aims to address various online safety issues such as cyberbullying, privacy concerns, and digital literacy, by empowering the entire community to take part in creating a safer online environment.

Safer Internet Day was first observed in 2004 under the European Union's auspices and has since grown into an international event. For Australians, this day provides an opportunity to be part of the worldwide effort to raise awareness of potential online threats and the necessary steps to ensure a safe online experience. With Australia's growing dependence on digital technology, it is essential for its citizens to understand the challenges and risks accompanying the ever-evolving digital landscape.

Each year, numerous Safer Internet Day events and activities are organized across Australia to engage communities and spread awareness. These events typically include educational workshops, forums, webinars, and other informative resources to educate users on essential online safety measures. Additionally, schools, universities, and businesses also participate in the observance by hosting discussions and sharing resources to ensure safe and responsible internet usage. Safer Internet Day is observed on the second day of the second week of February annually, aligning with its international counterparts.

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Safer Internet Day Facts

  • The theme for Safer Internet Day in 2024 was Inspiring change: Making a difference, managing influence and navigating change online.
  • In 2023, Safer Internet Day had impacted more that 50% of children aged 8-17 and 37% of UK parents and carers.
  • In 2023, the UK Government passed the Online Safety Act, which provides kids and parents with tools and transparency needed to protect against threats to children’s health and wellbeing online. This bill requires that online platforms provide an safe environment by default.
  • Australia is one of the few countries that have a dedicated government entity, the eSafety Commissioner's Office, for ensuring online safety.
  • According to a 2022 report from eSafety, 96% of Australian teenagers use the internet daily, and 53% of children aged 2-5 use internet services, emphasizing the importance of online safety education.

Safer Internet Day Top Things to Do

  • Read through some top tips on using the internet safely .
  • See how Safer Internet Day was celebrated around the world.
  • Every year, Safer Internet Day has a theme around which various online campaigns are organized. You can participate in these campaigns to spread awareness.
  • Watch In the Shadows of the Web. This documentary, also found on YouTube, explores the hidden dangers of the internet, such as identity theft and online predators.
  • Take a break from excessive screen time and encourage your family members to do the same. Disconnect from digital devices and engage in offline activities like going for walks, reading books, or playing board games.

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